New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah and the party’s working president J P Nadda met former Jammu and Kashmir governor Jagmohan on Tuesday as part of the party’s contact and public awareness programme to reach out to leading members of the society over the Centre’s move to revoke provisions of Article 370.The BJP has embarked on a month-long ‘Sampark and Janjagran Abhiyan’ exercise to seek people’s support on the decision to end Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution, with its leaders and workers asked to fan out across the country to hold meetings. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Met Shri Jagmohan Malhotra ji, former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir as part of BJP’s nationwide Sampark and Janjagran Abhiyaan, to spread awareness about the benefits of abrogating Article 370 & 35A, a historic decision, by PM Shri Narendra Modi ji (sic),” tweeted Shah, who is also the Union home minister. Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan accompanied Shah and Nadda to the meeting. Jagmohan (91) is known for his hardline stand on the Kashmir issue and his opposition to Article 370. He was also a minister in the first BJP-led NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Union government on August 5 abrogated provisions of Article 370, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated the state into Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Ahead of the federal election, hotels, motels, and resorts across Canada are calling on political parties to crack down on short-term online rentals.According to the Hotel Association of Canada, the laws around online rental companies like Airbnb are out of date.Members are urging parties to make a change, and even the playing field.At an announcement this morning by the Hotel Association of Canada, calling on federal parties to crack down on business policies around online short term rentals like Airbnb #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/dv1rXvuSC5— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) July 17, 2019“These platforms continue to reap the benefits without paying their fair share,” the association’s Alana Baker says.The group would like to see the federal government start treating short-term rentals like every other hotel or motel in Canada, and is calling on federal parties to include in their election platforms a plan to charge these types of companies Canadian corporate income tax, and to apply GST or HST to consumers.Baker says Canadians are currently losing out on a lot of tax revenue.“With estimated losses of $169-million in sales tax revenues alone,” she explains, claiming short-term rentals can also have unintended consequences.The Hotel Association claims there are many unintended consequences to operations like Airbnb #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/HsPb0Tndg2— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) July 17, 2019Steve Ball with the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association likens Airbnb to a virus, and echos the concern that short-term rentals can have negative impacts on the cities and communities they’re in.“Less available housing for residents to live in, soaring rental prices making housing affordable for families, escalating community nuisances,” he explains.The group has spoken with federal parties, but has yet to receive any commitments.Airbnb says hotel industry ‘peddling lies’Meantime, Airbnb is responding to the latest calls by the Hotel Association, saying “the big corporate hotels are at it again.”In a statement, the company says hotels are “peddling lies about homesharing” in an effort to “protect their ability to price gouge consumers, and preserve outdated business models.”“Home sharing and vacation rentals have always been an important part of Canada’s tourism economy,” Alexandra Dagg, who speaks for Airbnb, says. “Today, regular people in communities large and small are making extra money sharing their space — but hotels have made it clear they want to eliminate any competition.”Dagg suggests Airbnb has been a “responsible partner to governments,” and says the company has worked with provincial and municipal governments to “collect and remit tourism taxes.”Statement from @Airbnb in response to the @hotelassoc call for federal action on short term online rentals #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/1Cl5uToEeg— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) July 17, 2019
Casualty actress Gemma Atkinson rode the 2014 Great Manchester Cycle for charity.Gemma Atkinson Completes The 2014 Great Manchester CycleCredit/Copyright: Royal Manchester Children’s HospitalThe former Hollyoaks star rode 52 miles for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity Event on Sunday 29th June.Gemma Atkinson Rides The 2014 Great Manchester CycleCredit/Copyright: Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital8,000 riders took to the closed roads of Manchester for the event.Gemma – from Bury – rode the event’s longest distance of 52 miles to raise money for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, a charity she has completed a number of events for in the past including the Great Manchester Run.The actress and model was excited to return to her home city do her bit for a local charity, as she’s recently been busy filming Casualty in Cardiff as her character, paramedic Tamzin Bayle, made a dramatic return to the series last month.“I’m really pleased to be able to do something for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and to help them raise funds,” she said. “They do wonderful work and it’s a very worthy cause and one I’m proud to be contributing to.”She continued, “I know the event is going to be spectacular and a really fun day for everyone taking part.”Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity raises funds to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital – improving the lives of thousands of children each year across the North West and beyond.The Charity has three main areas of work: To support research projects to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses; To help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly; To provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.Find out more here.
Shire plc announced today its partnership with the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), and globally-renowned tennis player Monica Seles to launch the first-ever, large-scale national effort to raise awareness of Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) in adults.Video: Tennis champion, Monica Seles, shares her story about Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) (:60)This expert team is joining forces to motivate adults who may struggle with B.E.D. symptoms to learn more and talk to their health care provider.B.E.D. is a distinct medical condition recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. It is a more common eating disorder than anorexia and bulimia combined, affecting an estimated 2.8 million US adults, according to a national survey. B.E.D. is characterized by regularly eating far more food than most people would eat in a similar time period, with binges taking place on at least a weekly basis for three months. Adults with B.E.D. feel that their eating is out of control during a binge and find binges very upsetting, among other symptoms. B.E.D. is more than overeating and, unlike other eating disorders, people with B.E.D. don’t routinely try to “undo” their excessive eating with extreme actions like purging or over-exercising. B.E.D. occurs in both men and women.“There is a misconception that adults with B.E.D. fit a certain profile” said Monica Seles. “I felt ashamed about my binge eating for so long, and my hope is that hearing the stories of people like me, and having information about the disorder more publicly available, may help inspire other adults to get the support they need.”Seles also wrote about her experience in her book, Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self.The national campaign is also supported by the efforts of Sunny Sea Gold, author of Food: the Good Girl’s Drug. “It wasn’t until I started getting help that I really understood that B.E.D. is not a personality issue, but a real, medical disorder affecting many adults,” said Sunny Sea Gold. “This empowered me to start having productive conversations with my family and my health care providers.”The campaign website, BingeEatingDisorder.com, features information about B.E.D. and how to recognize the symptoms, its potential causes, experiences of others with B.E.D., including a series of public service announcements (PSAs), and tips for how to raise the topic with health care providers and loved ones.“We are proud to be joined by such a great team of partners to provide education for adults who may have B.E.D.,” said Perry Sternberg, Head of Shire’s Neuroscience Business Unit. “Shire’s focus on awareness of B.E.D. in adults is part of our ongoing commitment to meeting unmet needs of adults with this condition.”“We are aware that many adults may experience symptoms for a long time before speaking to a health care provider, and we hope that this will help encourage them to get the support they need,” said Chevese Turner, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, BEDA. “We are thrilled to be able to continue our work supporting adults with B.E.D. with the launch of this campaign.”While B.E.D. often starts in early adulthood, only 3 percent of US adults in an online survey who met B.E.D. criteria in the past 12 months reported having been diagnosed with the condition by a health care provider. Additionally, fewer than 50 percent of adults with B.E.D. are obese, based on a national survey of U.S. adults.“We are pleased to be participating in this campaign as it fits within NEDA’s overall commitment to raising awareness of eating disorders,” said Lynn Grefe, CEO and President. “Given the prevalence and lack of awareness of B.E.D., we feel it essential to bring particular attention to B.E.D. as the most common eating disorder among US adults.”
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed lower Friday, but off its lows for the day, after markets reassessed U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest statements about imposing stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum.A global sell-off in stocks that began Thursday came back around to North America in morning trading after the president doubled down against growing backlash, saying “trade wars are good.”If a trade war does indeed break out, it could threaten a strengthening global economy, but investors seemed to question how far Trump will end up going throughout afternoon trading.The S&P/TSX composite index finished down 9.36 points to 15,384.59, led by losses in the base metals and energy sectors.South of the border, U.S. stocks worked their way back from much steeper losses, finishing Friday mixed.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 70.92 points to 24,538.06. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index was up 13.58 points to 2,691.25 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 77.31 points to 7,257.87.Trump told industry executives Thursday he plans to impose a tariff of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, sparking fears of escalating retaliation between countries. While China shrugged of the proposed tariffs, the president of the European Union’s governing body suggested possible tariffs on blue jeans and motorcycles.“But unless there’s a follow through from trading partners in terms of retaliatory issues I don’t think it’s going to be that big an issue for the markets or the economy in general,” said Noman Ali, a portfolio manager with Manulife Asset Management.“It’s really a limited impact in some small, specific industries.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 77.57 cents US, down 0.24 of a U.S. cent.On the commodities front, the May copper contract was unchanged to US$3.12 a pound and the April gold contract was up US$18.20 to US$1,323.40 an ounce. Bullion usually rises when investors are feeling more nervous about inflation and the economy.The April crude contract was up 26 cents to US$61.25 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.70 per mmBTU.— With a file from The Associated Press
“Throughout the transition, BNUB [UN Office in Burundi] has continued to carry out its core tasks in support of the consolidation of peace and democracy in Burundi,” said Karin Landgren, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Burundi and Head of BNUB, briefing the Council.“We continue to encourage efforts to promote inclusive political dialogue between the Government and the extra-parliamentary opposition. We are helping the Government strengthen its key institutions, supporting efforts to professionalize and enhance the capacity of security and defence forces,” said Ms. Landgren.The UN office was also working with civil society to promote the respect of human rights and prepare for the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms, she said.Ms. Landgren, however voiced concern over frequent reports of extrajudicial killings, adding that BNUB had investigated and documented nine such cases between January and March this year, while several incidents that occurred last month are under probe.The UN office documented 11 extrajudicial executions between August and November last year, she said, noting that the Government had set up a commission of inquiry last October to probe specific allegations made against security forces. The commission had, however, remained dormant until last month when authorities announced its revival.“We encourage the Government and the commission to establish the facts and make actionable recommendations where violations were established,” said Ms. Landgren.She reported that since the Council’s last meeting on Burundi five months ago, several developments had taken place in relation to transitional justice, human rights, and the conduct of political parties.Last month, parliament adopted legislation on the functioning and organization of political parties, a process followed by a similar one for non-parliamentary opposition parties. An amendment to that law was made after the opposition expressed concern that it would be restrictive.Ms. Landgren said the security situation remains “generally calm,” but last month saw a spike in the number of violent incidents in Bujumbura Rural Province.She said the Government was preparing its second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, which would incorporate key elements of the Strategic Framework for Peacebuilding and harmonize efforts in both peace consolidation and development planning.She said Burundi was no longer self-sufficient in food production largely because 90 per cent of all families now lived on an average of half a hectare of eroded land. Corruption remained a major concern, Ms. Landgren said, pointing out that the Ministry of Good Governance had presented a broad-based national plan on good governance and the fight against graft, incorporating comments from the World Bank, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and bilateral partners.“An impartial and independent national human rights commission can strengthen Burundi’s compliance with its international obligations and enhance the protection and promotion of human rights, thus promoting national security,” she said.On transitional justice, the Government is taking steps to set up relevant mechanisms following national consultations concluded last year. Earlier this month, a delegation led by the Minister for External Affairs outlined the Government’s transitional justice strategy at a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. The Government intends to create a truth and reconciliation commission by next year, Ms. Landgren added. 17 May 2011Burundi is making commendable efforts to consolidate its post-conflict peacebuilding process, the United Nations top official in the central African country told the Security Council today, calling on the international community to continue supporting its steps towards sustainable development.
Brock’s head athletic therapist Joe Kenny (right) and Printing Services graphic designer Dennis Ceci created an award-winning poster celebrating Brock’s 50th anniversary and promoting athletic therapy.Brock’s head athletic therapist Joe Kenny and Printing Services graphic designer Dennis Ceci combined their talents to create an award-winning poster celebrating Brock’s 50th anniversary and promoting athletic therapy.The poster won Best Print Ad for Athletic Therapy Promotion in the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association annual contest.The 50th anniversary clinic poster emphasizes Brock ‘s community involvement with athletic teams, experiential learning opportunities for students and depicts the success of many former student athletic trainers.Brock graduates are pictured working for the Toronto Maples Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Blue Jays along with many others who have used their Physical Education and Kinesiology Courses (PEKN) training to work as kinesiologists, physical therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.Kenny researched the history of Brock’s community involvement and found pictures as early as 1971 of Brock’s then head athletic therapist, Tom Kearney, conducting educational workshops for local teachers and coaches.
by Michael Gormley, The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2013 10:21 am MDT Trump says he reviewed university’s instructor resumes; blasts NY AG as a ‘political hack’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALBANY, N.Y. – Donald Trump on Monday defended his Trump University as a booming success for student entrepreneurs and blasted New York’s attorney general, who called it a scam.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shot back that Trump is making wild accusations, just like others who commit fraud and get caught.“We have a terrific school. It’s done a fantastic job,” Trump told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” ”We have a 98 per cent approval rating among students.”Trump held several TV interviews to further contest the lawsuit filed Saturday by Schneiderman, which alleges the real estate mogul helped run a phoney university that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars.“This is a political hack looking to get publicity,” Trump said.His attorney, Michael Cohen, said Saturday that Schneiderman was upset the reality TV star didn’t give him more campaign contributions, which he claims Schneiderman sought even while investigating Trump University. Cohen called it extortion.Trump, in interviews with “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today,” denied Schneiderman’s claims that he never met with students and didn’t pick instructors.“I was totally involved to a very high degree,” he said. “I told people what to do, and if they had listened to me, it would have made a lot of money.”Schneiderman wouldn’t specifically say if he solicited any donations from Trump during the two-year investigation. The attorney general’s office released this statement from Schneiderman in response to Trump’s accusations: “Prosecutors are all used to persons who commit fraud making wild accusations when they’re caught.”“This is just an effort to distract from the substance of the case,” the Democrat said. “The substance of the case, he has not rebutted in any way shape or form.”Schneiderman is suing Trump and Trump University for $40 million, accusing them of engaging in persistent fraud, illegal and deceptive conduct and violating federal consumer protection law. He says the developer of hotels, casinos and more also failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.On Saturday, after he filed the lawsuit, Schneiderman told The Associated Press: “No one, no matter how rich or famous they are, has a right to scam hard working New Yorkers.”State Education Department officials had told Trump to change the name of his enterprise years ago, saying it lacked a license and didn’t meet the legal definitions of a university. In 2011, it was renamed the Trump Entrepreneur Institute.Schneiderman claims many of the 5,000 students who paid up to $35,000 thought they would at least meet Trump, but instead, all they got was their picture taken in front of a life-size picture of “The Apprentice” star.That’s at odds with Trump’s contention that 98 per cent of students surveys rated the program as “excellent.”One former student who once praised the program as “amazing” and “excellent” is now suing Trump and Trump University in California. Tarla Makaeff of San Diego is representing herself and some other former students who claim the program didn’t fulfil its promise of insider expertise.The judge noted in a ruling on a motion in the ongoing lawsuit that in other cases, “victims of con artists often sing the praises of their victimizers until the moment they realize they have been fleeced.”Trump said he will continue to fight Schneiderman, who he said badmouthed fellow Democrats including President Barack Obama and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.“He thought I would settle the lawsuit,” Trump said. “I didn’t want to settle the lawsuit on principal.”Trump, who has flirted with running for president, created a website, www.98percentapproval.com, in which he posts surveys dated from several years ago to back up his claim of widespread support.A typical review complained only of the price.“I had very little expectations (sic) as I am very new to this environment,” one student wrote by hand in the survey. “The information + stories did however completely motivate me to take the next step! The presenters & the wealth of knowledge they brought along with the passion & enthusiasm they had motivates me!”Schneiderman’s lawsuit says several students in the three-day seminar costing $1,495 were upset that they were pressured to take more expensive Trump “Elite” programs. He said the students concluded the initial seminar was just a “sales pitch.”Neither Trump nor Schneiderman immediately provided the names of students to directly back up their claims.
TORONTO – A company contracted to clear Ontario highways of snow has been hit with $900,000 in fines for failing to adequately maintain the Queen’s Elizabeth Way last winter.Carillion Canada was fined $500,000 for not clearing the Queen Elizabeth Way during a snow storm last November, and fined another $400,000 for not doing an adequate job on the same stretch of the QEW in another storm in December.Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca said Tuesday he met with Carillion and other companies contracted for road maintenance to make it clear they must do a better job this winter.“I am confident that working together, Ontarians will see the improvements on our roads that they deserve,” he said.Del Duca could not say why he still has no explanation as to what happened with the slow road clearing during the storms nearly a year ago.“There’s an understanding that something went wrong,” he said. “We’re trying to land on exactly what it was.”The minister also admitted the government would buy snow plows and other equipment for some companies, even after it awarded them long-term contracts.“We are engaged in a discussion with all of our contractors to make sure that they have appropriate equipment on the highways for the upcoming winter season, which has meant that in some cases new equipment has to be purchased,” said Del Duca.The New Democrats said the province should not be buying plows for companies it hired to maintain highways.“If I was the government I would have made sure the companies had the equipment to perform the job,” said NDP transportation critic Wayne Gates. “I’m actually surprised they don’t have an out clause in their agreements so they can get out of them if the companies are not performing the work.”The Progressive Conservatives said the Liberals lowered maintenance standards in 2009 to reduce costs, resulting in dangerous driving conditions across Ontario during and after winter storms.“The Liberal government put motorists lives at risk to save a few bucks,” said PC transportation critic Michael Harris. “They wanted to save money by changing the contracts, but we’re now paying contractors to buy equipment that they should have had to fulfil the contract in the first place.”The provincial auditor reported in April that the government did save money on winter road maintenance over the last five years, but at a cost that included taking twice as long to clear highways of snow or ice than it did previously.Prior to the contract changes in 2009, Ontario’s most travelled highways were cleared about 2.1 hours after a storm, but auditor general Bonnie Lysyk said that increased to an average of 4.7 hours by 2013-14.“We can’t help but think the negative consequences of the changes made five years ago to performance-based contracts might have been foreseeable and avoidable,” Lysyk said in a special report.Carillion has eight contracts with the province — worth $87 million a year — to maintain highways around Chatham, London, Peel and Halton regions, Simcoe, Huntsville, Thunder Bay, Bancroft and the Kingston area.The company did not respond to requests for comment, but Del Duca said Carillion is fighting the fines. He admitted the company can negotiate the amount of any penalties levied for non-compliance of contracts.“There is still the opportunity for back and forth between the ministry and this particular contractor on those two storms from last year…before a final decision is rendered with respect to the fines themselves,” he said.The auditor reported that the government waived $4.8 million of $13.3 million in fines levied against contractors in the winter of 2013/14, while another $5.2 million was being reassessed, reducing the fines by up to 76 per cent.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2015 7:55 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2015 at 1:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Carillion Canada fined $900,000 for not properly clearing QEW during two storms
“One month after the hurricane, life for more than half a million children in Haiti is still far from back to normal,” said Marc Vincent, Haiti Representative for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in a news release. “Too many children are still homeless, hungry, out of school and in danger. We are scaling up our response and are determined to help as many of them as possible as fast as we can.” Too many children are still homeless, hungry, out of school and in dangerUNICEF said there have been at least 1,000 suspected cholera cases among children in the past month. Out of 219 cholera treatment centres in the country, 18 have been damaged in the worst-hit departments of Grand’Anse and South, further complicating efforts to contain the disease.The total destruction the Category 4 storm inflicted on crops, food stock and livestock in some of the worst affected areas have left over 800,000 people in need of immediate food assistance and more than 112,000 children at risk of acute malnutrition. An estimated 50,000 children have been left homeless and are staying in temporary shelters. Another 3,500 children living in institutions need help accessing nutrition, water and sanitation services.Up to 80 per cent of hospitals and health centres in Grand’Anse have lost their roofs. An additional seven health centres in Grand’Anse, four in South and three in Nippes are no longer operational. At the St. Antoine Hospital in Jérémie, Haiti, two of the three main buildings were devastated by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Photo: UNFPA/Eddie Wright More than 700 schools have been affected and about 86 schools have been used as temporary shelters, causing school disruption for at least 150,000 children. UNICEF is working with national and other partners to provide basic assistance to the most vulnerable children. They are providing 100,000 people a day with safe water, organizing a cholera vaccination campaign that will be launched next week to immunize up to 900,000 people, and providing cholera prevention kits that contain water purification tablets, soap and oral rehydration salts. Between 100 and 200 kits are distributed every day. In addition, they are delivering an integrated package of services to prevent and treat malnutrition among children under five as well as pregnant and breastfeeding mothers living in the hurricane affected areas, replenishing vaccines and restoring the cold chain so that routine immunization can resume in the health centres that are still operational and in mobile clinics, and distributing emergency medical supplies to 18 health centres. Joint actions also include setting up mobile child friendly spaces where vulnerable children and families can receive psychosocial support, and training 60 volunteers to staff them, and repairing 22 schools and distributing school-in-a-box and early childhood development kits so that children can resume their learning as soon as possible. UNICEF requires over $23 million through the end of the year to meet children’s humanitarian needs following the hurricane, including for the cholera response. So far, it has received a mere $6 million.Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in Geneva that, according to the latest figures from the authorities in Haiti, Matthew has so far caused 546 deaths and left 438 people injured. He said that needs are vast, especially in the areas of quality water, education, shelter, child protection, health and nutrition. A total of 1.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and an estimated 40 per cent of them are children. The UN emergency humanitarian appeal for $120 million is far only 33 per cent funded. Haiti needs support to restore, rebuild health servicesHaiti needs support to restore and rebuild its health services at various levels, ranging from cholera treatment centers to community health centers to major hospitals, according to Dr. Jean-Luc Poncelet, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) representative in Haiti.In the country’s South, “the government faces challenges in restoring health facilities in affected areas and urgent repairs to restore functionality have been identified,” he said. In Sud Department, 28 per cent of health facilities sustained severe damage and eight per cent are closed, while in Grand’Anse, 43 per cent of health facilities were severely damaged and seven per cent are closed. Of the 74 cholera and acute diarrhea treatment facilities in Haiti, 34 are fully functional, while 40 sustained various levels of damage. Restoring health services to a functional level requires not only fixing structures, but providing electricity and water and sanitation, as well as helping many health workers who themselves have been severely affected by the hurricane’s destruction, according to the Haiti Ministry of Public Health. “The major needs are to renovate existing health structures with durable repairs, to increase humanitarian assistance to rural areas, and to improve water quality and sanitation,” Mr. Poncelet said. The latest figures from the Haitian government show that 175,509 Haitians are still living in shelters, while more than 1.4 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.PAHO/WHO teams identified five priority areas of action for the health sector, estimating that $9 million in emergency funding is needed to carry out essential activities.These priorities are: restoration of health care delivery capacity and access to health services in the most affected areas; increased epidemiological surveillance to support early detection and timely management of disease outbreaks; intensification of vector-control and protective environmental health measures in impacted areas; rapid and effective response to cholera outbreaks in affected communities; and support for efficient coordination of humanitarian assistance and management of information to effectively address the most urgent humanitarian needs.A vaccination campaign is planned to start Nov. 8, targeting 820,000 people in 16 communes affected by Hurricane Matthew and that have reported cholera cases or deaths. To prevent additional cholera cases, which are likely to increase in the rainy season from now until December, it is also important to advance on water purification, health promotion, and sanitation at the same time. Bettina Luescher, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), said that the agency has delivered food to 400,000 people, as part of its work to support the Government in its work. The situation is dire on the ground, with huge logistical challenges, but together with its partners WFP has reached people by truck, helicopter and boat. Some 140,000 people are still displaced and living in temporary shelters. The food situation is worrisome: in areas hit by the hurricane crops have been destroyed, along with livestock and seeds, local markets are running out of food and the prices of imported goods are rising. The planting season is supposed to happen this month and will be affected, which meant in turn that the next harvest, in the early months of 2017 will be affected. WFP aims to reach 800,000 people. In order to do that, it has appealed for $58 million overall and still needs $40 million urgently. Water treatment plant being constructed by the French army in Jérémie, Grand’Anse, Haiti. Photo: PAHO/WHO
The Nunavut Water Board (NWB) has commenced public review of the Type A and Type B water license applications related to initial development, mine construction and operation of the Back River project.As announced on December 6, 2017, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, on behalf of the five responsible federal Ministers, accepted Nunavut Impact Review Board’s recommendation for the Project to proceed to the regulatory and licensing phase. The NIRB has advised that the final Project Certificate will be issued on or before January 4, 2018. The Type B water license would enable Sabina to commence certain initial pre-development activities in 2018 including onsite construction of service roads and laydown pads, and the mobilization of fuel, supplies and equipment at the Goose property and marine laydown area. Sabina anticipates approval of the Type B water license in late Q1, 2018. The Type A water license would allow for full construction and operation of the Back River project. Sabina anticipates approval of the Type A water license in Q4, 2018. “With a positive Ministers decision now in hand we are pleased to see that the licensing process has commenced which will enable full development of the Back River Project” said Bruce McLeod, President & CEO. “We look forward to receiving the Project Certificate, various final licenses as well as finalizing the definitive agreements with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association for land tenure and Inuit benefits.” Sabina Gold & Silver Corp is a well-financed, emerging precious metals company with district scale, world class undeveloped assets in one of the world’s newest, politically stable mining jurisdictions: Nunavut, Canada. In September 2015, Sabina released a feasibility study on its 100% owned Back River Gold project which presents a project that has been designed on a fit-for purpose basis, with the potential to produce ~200,000 oz/y for ~11 years with a rapid payback of 2.9 years. At a $1,150 gold price and a 0.80 exchange rate, the study delivers a potential after tax IRR of some 24.2% with an initial CAPEX of C$415 million.
THE BODY RESPONSIBLE for overseeing the safety of children in the Catholic Church will today publish reports on eight church bodies.The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church will today publish audits into the response by Christian Brothers into allegations of abuse in day schools.Also included will be an audit of the diocese of Down and Connor, the largest diocese that has been reviewed to date.The board has been examining the work of church bodies in responding to allegations of abuse by examining church files dating back to 1975.The Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor has previously accused the board of “spinning against the Church”, an allegation he later withdrew.The Bishop of Armagh, Cardinal Sean Brady will also be keen for his diocese to receive a positive report, following criticism of him for swearing teenage victims of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth to secrecy.The reports will be published on diocesan websites at around 10am.Read: Pope Francis forms commission to advise on sex abuseRead: Belfast cathedral recovers stolen 500-year-old silver plate
Update: The jump has been canceled for today. There was initially a 5-hour delay due to weather conditions, then they attempted to inflate the balloon only to find the winds were too strong. Everyone involved looked pretty dejected, but they will surely try again soon, and hopefully tomorrow.Today, Felix Baumgartner is attempting to set two world records that are unlikely to ever get beaten. He will ascend into the stratosphere and to an altitude of 120,000 feet using a 55-story high balloon, and then freefall back to Earth breaking the sound barrier in the process. The first world record will be the height of the jump, the second will be him becoming the first person to ever break the sound barrier in freefall.Sitting in a capsule attached to a balloon and then jumping out of it may sound simple, but if anything goes wrong it could cost Felix his life. At 120,000 feet he will be at the edge of space in subzero temperatures at which point a rip in his suit could see his blood boil. Another danger is not knowing what will happen to his body when it breaks through the speed of sound.If successful, Felix will beat the record set by Joseph Kittinger in 1960. He jumped at a height of 102,800 feet from a helium-filled balloon in a pressurized suit and the data gathered helped with the space program. Felix’s jump will further increase our understanding of how the body copes and reacts at such high altitudes and speeds.The jump is set to happen at 8:30am EST and you can watch it right here via the live stream above. We wish Felix the best of luck.via Red Bull Stratos
June 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News CAMP PENDLETON (KUSI) – As reported by the Marine Corps Times, a Marine ground combat arms unit got its first woman commander.The historic event took place June 22 at Camp Pendleton, California. Lt. Col. Michelle I. Macander took over as commanding officer of 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division from Lt. Col. Christopher M. Haar, during a ceremony held aboard Camp Pendleton.For more information on the historic change, click here. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 28, 2018 First woman to command a Marine ground combat arms unit takes charge FacebookTwitter
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have released video showing a teenager being kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight by two young men in a residential Miami neighborhood.According to City of Miami Police, the armed robbery and kidnapping took place on Dec. 12, near Northwest 13th Place and 38th Street, at around 3 p.m. Detectives said the 16-year-old victim was walking home from school when he was confronted by the subjects.“It’s devastating to see something like this,” said Miami Police Officer Michael Vega.Investigators said one subject brandished a handgun, wrapped his arm around the victim’s neck and shoulder and demanded that the victim empty his pockets.At the same time, the second subject took the victim’s backpack and began searching it, stealing his cellphone and demanding the iPhone’s iCloud password.“The victim complied with the suspects’ demands, gave them his book bag and gave him his cellphone,” said Vega.The subjects then forced the victim to walk toward Northwest 14th Avenue and 37th Street. “They took them by the neck about a block away, where they told him to face east, and at that time, they left the scene,” said Vega. The subjects remain at large.Police described the first suspect as a light-skinned 17- to 19-year-old male that stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall to 5 feet 11 inches tall. He also has gold-plated canine teeth, is clean-shaven and was last seen wearing a blue hoodie jacket with light colored jogging pants.The second subject was also described as a light-skinned male between the ages of 17 and 19. Police said he stands at about 6 feet 1 inch to 6 feet 3 inches tall, is clean-shaven with a faded haircut and was last seen wearing black jeans and a gray hoodie.“They were wearing a hoodie, so you can’t see their faces, but somebody’s got to see the clothing and say, ‘I know who these people are,’” said Vega.If you have any information on this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Tags More on Game of Thrones 57 Photos Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today In just two weeks, Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its eighth and final season, and on Monday, the network released two new promotional videos for the show. They’re mostly filled with clips that have already been seen, but naturally, sharp-eyed fans are going to work overtime to spot even the teeniest little flashes of something new.The first clip, dubbed “Together,” is a fast-moving patchwork showing Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) riding out with the troops while Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) grimly intones, “We must fight together now, or die.” Game of Thrones 0 But the most striking clips, which appear in both videos, show Daenerys’ remaining two dragons soaring overhead as various characters look up in shock. This immediately started rumors that Jon Snow himself, believed to be able to ride a dragon due to his Targaryen heritage, could be on one of those behemoths. Personally, I think he does ride one of the dragons, but to be fair, in this clip, the characters might just be looking shocked because a damn dragon is flying over their heads, regardless of who’s on it. Share your voice The second clip, titled “Survival,” begins on a more somber note, with Jon Snow perhaps praying or reflecting at a weirwood tree, and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) standing behind him. “Think back to where we started, now it’s just us,” the narration muses, and if you’re not remembering poor Ned, Catelyn, Robb, Rickon and all the other sad souls of the dead, your heart is probably as cold as the Night King.Jaime’s deep in battle, Cersei still looks pretty smug and confident, and a sweaty and scared Arya is running for her life. Nothing shocking, really, but after many wintry months of nothing, we’ll take it. Post a comment Dragonmaster reveals the secrets of Daenerys’ babies Season 8 new trailer sets up Battle of Winterfell The coolest merchandise for Westeros watchers TV and Movies Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 14.
Lawmakers are considering some of the most wide-ranging changes in the history of Alaska finances this year. That’s why the leaders of the House Finance Committee invited Governor Bill Walker and top state officials to talk about their budget plan – especially, the latest proposal to draw from Permanent Fund earnings.Download AudioGov. Bill Walker during a Q&A session for lawmakers with the Governor and key cabinet members to discuss legislator’s plans for reorganizing the Permanent Fund, April 20, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said with oil prices low for the foreseeable future, the only way to sustain the state budget is by drawing on the wealth state has built up in the Permanent Fund. While Walker’s budget plan includes new taxes and cuts to oil and gas tax credits, its centerpiece is the Permanent Fund plan.“The other pieces of the plan will provide millions of dollars to the solution, but the Permanent Fund earnings can sustainably contribute of dollars to the solution,” said Hoffbeck. “And it is the only lever large enough that can get us to a sustainable solution. There’s no solution without using Permanent Fund earnings. And, while it’s hard to say, there’s no solution without adjusting the dividend calculation as well.”It’s not clear if the presentation changed any minds. About half of the Legislature skipped it. And those who did attend repeated points they’ve made throughout the three-month session.Walker said it’s important to have every element of his plan – including introducing a broad-based tax like an income tax.Eagle River Republican Representative Dan Saddler asked Walker if he’d veto the Permanent Fund bill – based on spending a percent of the fund’s market value or POMV — if the Legislature doesn’t pass new taxes.“If you were about to get this, but not the income tax, not the consumption taxes, not the resource taxes, not the tax credits, would you let this piece go by, or would you insist on having the whole thing and veto the POMV?” Saddler asked.Walker suggested he’d sign it.“I’ll let those certainly go through that come into play,” said Walker. “There’s no question about that. I’m not going to not let something go through that gets done. My goal is to make sure they go through. But I’m not going to stop something going through because not everything’s in line exactly.”Even when state officials feel they’ve made the case for their plan, they find it’s difficult to win over Alaskans skeptical of a plan that would lead to cut a 50 percent cut in Permanent Fund dividends. Hoffbeck recalled his experience talking about an similar plan last year in Fairbanks.“We thought we’d done pretty well on the weekend. We’d elevated the discussion. People started to talk about the issues,” Hoffbeck said. “They started to understand the problem. The next day, I get into a cab on my way out of town, and the cabbie, when I get in the cab, he’s got news talk radio playing. And on the radio. It’s me talking about taxes. This cabbie has no idea who I am. And he does one of these, he goes: ‘That guy’s an idiot.’”Today is the 94th day of the legislative session. It’s not clear when or if the Legislature will vote on the Permanent Fund bill.
Gold prices edged higher early on Monday to extend 1.5-percent gains from the previous session, while silver breached the $20-dollar level for the first time in nearly two years as Asian stocks fell.FUNDAMENTALS* Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,344.09 an ounce by 0115 GMT. It rose 1.5 percent on Friday, after ending June up about 9 percent.* U.S. gold was up 0.7 percent at $1,347.80.* Silver breached the $20 an ounce level early Monday, hitting a session-high of $20.378, its strongest since August 2014. The white metal gained 11.6 percent last week to mark its best weekly gain since August 2013.* Asian share markets took a step back on Monday as investors took stock of the potential economic fallout from the Brexit vote after days of volatile trade, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.1 percent in early trading.* The dollar index up, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, was nearly flat, but it remained pressured by a fall in U.S. Treasury yields on Friday.* U.S. factory activity expanded at a healthy pace in June as new orders, output and exports rose, new industry data showed on Friday, providing another sign that U.S. economic growth was regaining its footing after weakness early this year.* The U.S. economy has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks but the Federal Reserve expects it will take some time before it can assess the impact of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer said on Friday.* Two of the European Central Bank’s top policymakers pressed Britain on Friday to provide a clear-cut plan for leaving the European Union, to prevent more economic damage.* Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.41 percent to 953.91 tonnes on Friday, the highest since July 2013.* Hedge funds and money managers raised their bullish positions in COMEX gold and silver contracts to record highs in the week to June 28.* Gold demand in Asia remained sluggish this week as higher prices continued to deter physical traders from making fresh purchases, with discounts in India widening to a record high.
Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters file photoRohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar wanted to see a peacekeeping force protecting them once they return home. Anadolu agency reported quoting a UN human rights spokesman on Friday.Rupert Colville was quoted to have said there was “an obvious need for the international community, whether it is the UN Security Council, an individual state or so on, to absolutely find a way out of this situation, and the only possible solution is that the Rohingya are allowed to go back home.””In order to be safe, Rohingya refugees would like to see peacekeeping operation,” the UN spokesperson reportedly said. “Tthere should be a political and security response to violence Myanmar.””The international community needs to deal with that. This is a very, very serious situation. You cannot let an entire population be ethnically cleansed into neighboring countries,” Colville was said to have added.”Clearly, there should be international action. Interestingly, some of the refugees do highlight they would like to have full citizenship and safety to return to Rakhine state [in Myanmar].”So far, the agency report said, the UN has not considered sending a peacekeeping force to Myanmar to end the violence, despite numerous reports saying attacks on Rohingya Muslims have been a concerted, well-organised campaign explicitly meant to push them out of the country into Bangladesh and block their return.The humanitarian operations of some of UN agencies, including UNICEF, have been halted in northern Rakhine state because of the violence and security concerns, the report pointed out.The UN has reportedly documented mass gang rapes, killings — including of infants and young children — brutal beatings, and disappearances committed by security personnel.According to UN, landmines were planted after 25 August on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh in order to prevent the Rohingya population from returning.Since then, when the military launched a crackdown against Rohingya, 536,000 people crossed from Rakhine state into Bangladesh, according to the UN.It is “the largest and speediest” movement of a civilian population in Asia since the 1970s, the UN reportedly said.
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News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more December 28, 2009 – An open discussion of the facts about radiation hazards from computed tomography (CT) scanning is needed, said a panel of experts at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has issued a statement in light of recent public concerns and news reports about radiation dose. The AAPM statement warns of “several misleading statements made with respect to radiation hazards from CT scanning” after a recent FDA alert as well as two articles in a leading medical journal called public attention to the safety of CT scans, which require the use of X-rays and can result in a small, but non-zero, risk of causing cancer.The Science Council and Executive Committee of the AAPM issued its statement out of concern that incomplete or incorrect information may lead some people to forgo necessary scans. The full statement appears at: http://www.aapm.org/publicgeneral/CTDoseResponse.asp.”CT scans are valuable, life-saving procedures that play a critical role in saving the lives of thousands of people every day,” said John M. Boone, M.D., chairman of AAPM’s science council and vice chairman of radiology at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. Some 70 million CT scans are performed each year in the United States, he added, and most are medically necessary for diagnosing diseases and assessing how people respond to treatment.According to AAPM, medical physicists are partnering with technologists, radiologists, regulators, manufacturers, administrators, and others to strive to ensure that CT scans are only given when medically indicated, and when they are performed that the minimum amount of radiation is used to obtain the necessary diagnostic information.However, the AAPM is responding to concerns after the U.S.Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement regarding 206 people who underwent diagnosis and treatment of stroke were exposed to high doses of radiation at one hospital in Southern California. The exposures caused hair loss and skin reddening in some of them. Similar incidents have since been identified at other hospitals, including two additional ones in Southern California. “There is no excuse for such radiation overexposures. Improved training as well as new machine interface features may be needed to prevent future occurrences,” noted the AAPM statement. “News of these incidents has led to a nationwide mobilization of medical physicists, working with hospital administrators, radiologists, and CT technologists to get a better handle on CT protocols at each individual institution.”The AAPM statement also addresses two recent back-to-back articles published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. These articles project, based on a number of assumptions, that the use of diagnostic CT in 2007 could lead to thousands of future cases of cancer in the United States. The AAPM statement takes issue with the assumptions used to calculate these risks. It also notes the difficulty in determining whether radiation or some other factor was the cause of a person’s cancer, as opposed to incidences of car accidents or shootings where the causes of death are unequivocal and unambiguous.”Because radiation-induced cancers present the same clinically as normally occurring cancers, there is no way to know who died from a radiation induced cancer and who died from a naturally occurring cancer,” the statement reads. “This issue is compounded by the fact that the number of theoretically predicted radiation induced cancers is tiny compared to the very large cancer incidence rate in humans (~25-30 percent), making the impact of radiation on cancer rate very hard tomeasure.”Boone indicated that the articles focused on risk, but they did not discuss the benefit of CT scans. “Nobody denies that CT exams should be performed only when necessary,” he said, “but when necessary, the diagnostic information provided by a CT scan can be life saving.”AAPM made the following recommendations to patients to ensure that CT scans are only performed when medically necessary:- Discuss with your doctors not only the radiation risks of the CT examination but also the risks of not having the diagnostic information that the CT would provide;- Find out if all appropriate measures for dose reduction have been used (e.g., is the scan limited to the region of the body that concerns the medical question);- Verify that the CT technique factors are adjusted according to the size of the patient’s body;- Make sure that repeated CT scans are avoided whenever possible;- Consult a radiologist if there are any remaining questions about dose reduction or the necessity of a CT scan.- Patients and referring physicians should also ask if the facility is accredited by the American College of Radiology. This is an assurance that it practices state of the art, low dose CT.Click here for the complete statement of the AAPM Science Council and Executive Committee.For more information: www.aapm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). 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